Round gem with head of a woman

Roman
Imperial period
27–1 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

99.358

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Intaglio. Flat surface, convex back. Head of a woman in profile to left. She has think arched eyebrow, full lips, and rounded nostril. Her wavy hair is pulled back into a low bun with a few loose strands on her neck. She wears a chiton fastened at her shoulder with a round pin. Hole bored in the stone at the woman’s ear.

Provenance

By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: The gem came from North Greece according to Rhousopoulos from whose heirs it was bought in 1899); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund